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This month's top APAC digital stats include ad spend, search trends, B2B customer experiences and Australian brand mentions to name a few.

If you've a larger appetite for stats, see the Econsultancy Internet Statistics Compendium.

We’re also running a study into the state of email and marketing automation in South-East Asia, in association with IBM Marketing Cloud.

Marketers from the region can get a free copy of the report by completing the short survey before January 15.

Mobile will soon take the majority of search ad dollars

Kenshoo has revealed Q3 2015 data from 3,000 accounts, 20 verticals and 70 countries.

Mobile accounts for 42% of spend and 55% of clicks in APAC search. Here are three of my favourite charts from the Kenshoo infographic.

Mobile impressions are up +204% YoY.

ad clicks and cpc in apac

Mobile has grown to dominate APAC search clicks over the past year, now accounting for 55%.

mobile search spend and clicks

Cost per click (CPC) and click-through rate (CTR) varies across country, with CTR highest in Australia and CPC in China.

click rate and cpc in apac

Singapore ad market slips in 2015

Mumbrella reports a large study by Magna Global into advertising markets in 2015 and predicted figures for 2016.

Despite APAC, particularly emerging Asian nations, showing the fastest growth in ad spend, Singapore declined by 1.6% in 2015.

APAC spend overall grew by 5.6%, to $146bn.

global ad spend by region

Ecommerce is growing quickly in Pakistan

Discussing Black Friday sales and the future of Pakistan ecommerce, Saman Javed, head of comms and PR at Daraz (an online retailer), told the Tribune “one third of the payments were online, which indicates a shift in consumers’ attitude who now trust online payment systems.”

Shayaan Tahir of Homeshopping added that 50% of their traffic is now mobile, up from just 20% eight months ago, showing how greater 3G connectivity is changing shopping habits.

Facebook is the most mentioned brand in Australia

Rather boringly, Facebook was the brand mentioned most in Australian media in 2015. Commonwealth Bank is the best of the rest, beating Qantas by over 30,000 mentions across press, radio, TV and the web.

Isentia conducted the analysis and the following chart was snapped from B&T.

australia brand mentions

Chinese B2B buyers demand B2C-esque experiences

A new Forrester and Hybris study examines the B2B purchase journey in China.

When asked what was important when it came to making a work-related purchase online, B2B buyers cited the following:  

  • Looking up product information across each channel (68%)
  • Returning or exchanging products across channels (58%)
  • Being able to share unified account and order history (37%)
  • Viewing personal activities across channels (31%)

Perhaps surprisingly, a whopping 83% of B2B buyers considered same-day delivery as important or very important.

The number of Chinese B2B buyers making more than 25% of their purchases online is expected to double in three years' time, according to the report.

Catch-up TV viewers want better adverts in Oz

36% of respondents in Edentify's IPTV in Australia study said there were too many ads on commercial catch-up services.

Perhaps more enlightening was the percentage of viewers who found adverts repetitive. The chart below, taken from Mumbrella's coverage, shows 25% of viewers voiced this gripe.

Dan Banyard, MD at Edentify, told Mumbrella "channels have to work harder with the way they target and avoid repeating things over and over again. It is pretty shocking."

Main consumer dislikes about Plus7's catch up service. Source: Edentify's IPTV in Australia survey.

gripes with catchup tv in australia

Indian ad spend set to grow by 13%

The aforementioned Magna Global report predicts global ad spend will grow by 4.6% in 2016, but an enormous 13% in India.

It's thought the growth in digital spend in India will be upwards of 20%.

Ben Davis

Published 5 January, 2016 by Ben Davis @ Econsultancy

Ben Davis is a senior writer at Econsultancy. He lives in Manchester, England. You can contact him at ben.davis@econsultancy.com, follow at @herrhuld or connect via LinkedIn.

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